MODEL OVERVIEW1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
Mercedes-Benz model nomenclature in the 1960s is difficult to follow once the tailfins disappear. The W108
and W109 family of sedans can mostly be recognized by the grille and front fenders from the 1961 W111
design, with cathedral headlights in the European versions, which were replaced by vertically stacked 5-inch
lights in the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz’s 250 series replaced the 220 and 230 six-cylinder models, and served as the company’s
sensible sedan, with subdued design, leatherette interior, durable construction, and decent performance.
The rear fins went away in 1965, and the new body was longer and lower. A new 2.5-liter 7-main bearing,
128-hp, six-cylinder engine appeared in the 250S and 250SE sedans and was replaced in 1968 by the 2.8-
liter variation which generated 180 hp. The 280S, 280SE and 280SEL – “E” is the extended wheelbase
version – all have Bosch fuel injection and gained four-wheel disc brakes. The hood and grille were lower by
a couple of inches for 1969giving the car a more modern appearance.
A series of handsome W111 280SE coupes and convertibles were made in parallel, with the same engine
advances and a 3.5-liter V-8 were available from 1969 to 1971. Well maintained SE convertibles are prized
possessions today and command strong prices. The ultimate version of this series is the 6.3-liter 300SEL,
which offered the 250-hp, hand-built V-8 from the 600 and 600 Pullman. Capable of eclipsing 140 mph they
are one the most sophisticated cars of the era, and can be correspondingly complex to keep in good
Curb Weight: 3386 lbs.
Length: 192.9 in.
Wheelbase: 108.3 in.
6-cyl. 2778cc/175hp 2x1bbl 6-cyl. 2778cc/180hp Bosch FI
Valuation report for a:
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
4dr Sedan 6-cyl. 2778cc/175hp 2x1bbl
All dollar amounts listed by condition and as an average are in Canadian dollars, and exclude any applicable provincial taxes.
#1 Concours $30,800
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at
the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are
mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles
#2 Excellent $24,500
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned
observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome,
glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate
from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is "excellent."
#3 Good $13,900
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a
fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts.
These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will
not find any visual flaws. "Good" is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
#4 Fair $10,000
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield
might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where
applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non-stock
additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. "Fair" is the one word that describes a #4
vehicle. Fixed Shipping world Wide 800 $
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